The loop features towering old-growth firs and hemlocks, fractured basalt outcroppings, and — as you might guess from its name – dozens and dozens of lakes. The scenic views change as you ride around every bend. And even though you’re riding through a wilderness area, the terrain is very horse friendly.
- Moderate – good tread, no steep side hills, no bridges or water crossings
- 12 miles round trip from Little Cultus Campground, or 19.5 miles from Cultus Corral Horse Camp
- Elevation gain 950 feet
Unfortunately, neither of the loop’s trailheads can accommodate trailers. Instead, you can ride from Cultus Corral (19.5 miles round trip, including 7.5 miles on a straight and exceedingly boring gravel road). Or you can trailer to Little Cultus Lake Campground (people only, no horses), drive through the campground to turn around, and park on the side of Road 4636.
On your next horse camping trip, go to Cultus Corral and check out the fabulous Many Lakes Loop. You’ll be glad you did!
You can reach Cultus Corral off Road 46 (the Cascade Lakes Hwy.) about 40 miles southwest of Bend. Little Cultus Campground is 3.7 miles west of Cultus Corral via Roads 4630 and 4636.
You’ll find more information about the Many Lakes Loop in Riding Central Oregon Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel, (Ponderosa Press, 2012), available at www.nwhorsetrails.com.